Volunteers bring NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Community Garden to Life!

When asked “How did you make such a beautiful garden?” three-and-a-half-year-old Willow put her hands on her hips and replied, “Planning.”

Willow at the grand opening

Willow, her 7-year-old brother Heath and her parents Kirk and Rebecca took on two garden plots and put in many volunteer hours preparing Roseburg’s newest community garden for its debut on June 7.

NeighborWorks Umpqua kicked off its part of the nationwide NeighborWorks Week celebrations with the grand opening of the Umpqua Dairy Community Garden.

Sixteen people including teens from Casa de Belen put in about 350 hours of hard work to write grants, haul off trash, build raised and wheelchair accessible beds, dig trenches and dig up dead tree root systems, plumbing hose banks, shoveling gravel and bark mulch, digging post holes, hanging fencing, weeding beds, shoveling dirt, shoveling dirt and more shoveling of dirt. It totaled 100 cubic yards or eight-and-a-half dump truck loads of dirt!

Neighbors made comments throughout the event such as “our neighborhood really needs this, this will help our neighborhood so much and I cannot wait to see it when everything is growing” that demonstrate their interest and support. The participants have also experienced networking and support from other community gardens.

The garden was made possible by Safeway, NeighborWorks Umpqua, South East Roseburg Voices in Community Enhancement (SERVICE) neighborhood association, Umpqua Dairy, Tim Allen Equipment, Budget Lumber, Douglas County Farmers Co-op, East Side Community Garden and J&J Market.